Bobcat nine secure regional berth -- Down Gentry 9-5 on Monday
The Berryville Bobcat baseball team came from behind on a throwing error with two out in the seventh inning to take a 9-5 victory over the Gentry Pioneers on the road Monday.
That put the Bobcats at the top of 1AAA play, assures them of a semifinal berth in the district tournament, and gives them a spot in the Class AAA Regional Tournament at Greenland the first weekend in May.
The Bobcats moved their record to 13-7 overall, and 8-1 in 1AAA East play.
"We were down 5-4 in the top of the seventh and hit two pop-ups, right to them," Coach Barry Hardin said. "Henry Adams singled, then Heath Neal hit a shot right to the shortstop. He fired it to first, and I started getting the bats rounded up, thinking it was over ---- and their first-baseman dropped it!
"That gave us two on board, then Joseph Boley walked to load it up. Steven Trulove was hit by a pitch, walking a run in, which tied the game at 5-all.
"Then Ryan Rylee got a two RBI base hit, and Dustin Richardson hit a two RBI triple, and that was the game," Hardin said, as the Bobcats held the Pioneers off in the bottom of the inning.
Coach Hardin said Ryan Rylee started on the mound, faced 13 batters, and walked five in 1-1/3 innings. Hardin then sent Henry Adams in for the final 5-2/3 innings and "he shut them down," Hardin said.
Adams, who is 6-0 this season, faced 21 batters, struck out five, and gave up three hits.
Hits- Justin Pittman- 1/3; Adams- 2/3; Neal- 1/3, triple; Boley- 1/2; Rylee- 2/4; Richardson- 1/3, triple.